TL;DR: Did you study at highschool in the past? Did you use a
textbook, and annotate it with bookmarks? If so, then look at
the side of the book with the bookmarks, and that's your ebook
reader's new "page selection" interface.
When holding a real book, or textbook, we generally
the general location of the book and then flip to the
This kind of movement is often lost when we browse ebook
in a tablet. The closest I seen is the action of swiping the
screen to flip to next page. This is not bad, but when you
need to jump to a particular section of the book, its is still
very annoying, especially if the pdf doesn't have an
encoded index to browse.
I would like to see a good reader app have 'swipe' to flip,
and that is already done so that is good. However there is
another concept I haven't seen implemented yet.
Instead of having to type in the page number, it would be
nice if we could have the option of seeing a "virtual spine"
of the entire ebook that pops out to 1/4 of the reading.
Each "line" represents an average color of 1/8th of the
page for easy identification (this will pick up "section
headers" easily as they tend to have minimal amount of
text). The user then tap roughly the area of the book we
want, then manually flip to the correct page. If rough
selection doesn't get us within 10 pages of our desired
page, then for books with more than, say... "100 pages"
will have a second 'tap' where the spine is zoomed in a bit
further (with maybe some page 'peeking'.)
bigsleep <--- he suggested that the "side book" view could
also show "bookmark" tabs peeking out (much like the tabs
we put on our textbook)
This will help very much in reading textbook on an ebook
Let us know if such exist already, or if you will implement